Pearls of the Planet

Pearls of the Planet: The Arctic

"Explore" takes you to the Northern reaches of the planet, through live high definition webcams and expeditions deep into the Arctic. On the shores of Hudson Bay, polar bears wait for the ice to harden so they can move out miles from shore to hunt for the seals that feed them over the winter.  Beluga whales gather in large pods, while the Aurora Borealis swirls overhead. Without narration or music, Explore’s “Pearls of the Planet” presents the natural sights and sounds of the Arctic in a way never before presented on broadcast television.

“Explore: Pearls of the Planet – The Arctic” also goes behind the scenes to show the installation of high definition web cameras that feed the dozens of live screens at the explore.org portal that are watched by millions of users worldwide. These cameras open a window to the wild, which includes majestic Orca whales in the Pacific Northwest, baby ospreys hatching in their nests in Maine, and panda bears frolicking in China. 

ABOUT EXPLORE:

Explore.org is home to more than 300 original films and a massive library of world-class photography from all over the globe. It was founded by filmmaker and philanthropist Charles Annenberg Weingarten to champion the selfless acts of others, inspire lifelong learning and help people fall in love with the world again.

Both educational and inspirational, explore.org features a wide range of topics—from animal rights, health and human services, and poverty to the environment, education, and spirituality. Delivered in short and easily understandable segments, explore.org films appeal to viewers of all ages, from children learning about other cultures for the first time to adults looking for a fresh perspective on the world around them. 

Link TV and KCET are have been the primary broadcast outlets the works of Explore expeditions for the past eight years.

Full Episodes

Upcoming Airdates

The Arctic

On a philanthropic, fact finding mission to the Arctic, Charles Annenberg Weingarten and the explore.org team dive into the unique culture of the Inuit people of Greenland and learn about their traditional cuisine, which includes raw seal meat, whale, caribou, walrus, and fish. Charles also visits the Qimaavik Women's Shelter for abused women and children, and learns about the high crime rate of Nunavut territory being tackled by extraordinary individuals in the area.

No Child Is Born A Terrorist

What happens when Palestinian youth must choose between the art of theater and a life of violence or even martyrdom? Philanthropist and filmmaker Charles Annenberg Weingarten and the explore.org team enter the most radicalized refugee camp in the Palestinian Occupied Territories and discover that perhaps the greatest tool of liberation is not the gun, but the stage.

Pearls of the Planet: Brown Bears

Explore takes us up-close and personal with brown bears living in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. Captured on live high-definition webcams over a year, the majestic bears catch salmon, mate, and rear their young. The occasional moose, wolves and owls appear, while the Aurora Borealis swirls overhead. Without narration or music, explore's “Pearls of the Planet” presents the natural sights and sounds of the far North. Watch the bears on the explore.org livecam now.

Religion in the Middle East

Accompany Charlie and the explore.org team on their journey through the Middle East to learn about the rich cultural and religious attributes of countries like Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Jordan. While every religion holds unique differences, the connective tissue between them all, as Charlie learns, is love.

 

Traveling with Jihad

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam provide differing perspectives on similar themes. Join Jihad Turk as he leads Charlie through the common threads.